Here's Why Trent University Campuses Are Doing A Lockdown Drill Thursday


Trent University will conduct a lockdown drill on Thursday, September 26 at 1:45 p.m. to physically practice a lockdown scenario in the unlikely event of an armed intruder on campus. The drill will last approximately 15 minutes and will be conducted across Trent’s three campuses, including the Symons and Traill campuses in Peterborough and the Oshawa Thornton Road campus. The drill, which is not a live exercise (no actors simulating intruders), will commence with an Emergency Communications System (ECS) announcement and MyBeat text. Update announcements will be broadcast during the drill, followed by an “All Clear” announcement and MyBeat text to end the drill.
The purpose of the drill is to provide all members of the Trent community with information and an opportunity to physically practice a lockdown to increase their chances of surviving in the unlikely event of an armed intruder on campus. The exercise will also aim to identify any gaps and locations that cannot be physically locked from inside.
The drill is in compliance with  sector best practices and post-secondary education lockdown guidelines issued by the 2007 COU Roundtable on Campus Security and endorsed by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety in 2009.
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